“At Home Everywhere,” Ensign, Mar. 1995, 68
In Floyd and Catherine Hogan’s kitchen hangs a map covering the entire surface of one wall.
It bristles with colored pins, and below the map a small legend reads: “Blue—Hogans lived here. Red—Hogans visited here. Green—Military service here. Yellow—Sister Hogan traveled here on Young Women assignments.”
A life of travel began for Floyd Hogan as result of his lifelong fascination with flying. During World War II, he flew training missions with the 822d Airborne Division, dropped paratroops during the invasion of Sicily, flew supplies to Naples, flew paratroopers to Salerno Beach; and on 6 June 1944—better known as D day—he delivered troops to Normandy.
Following the war, Floyd and Catherine were married, and he accepted a regular commission in the U.S. Air Force, which brought him assignments around the globe. “The entire time we were in the military,” says Catherine, “we were always busy in the branches of the Church.”
In 1968, the Hogans retired and returned to Utah, where Floyd went into business, until their call to administer Church welfare services to refugees in Thailand. They were then asked to extend their eighteen-month mission to a three-year term so that Brother Hogan could serve as the new president of the Thailand Bangkok Mission.
Again in 1985, they had a similar experience with a new calling when asked to serve as temple workers in the Manila Philippines Temple. But shortly after their arrival, another phone call changed their assignment, and they served for three years as the temple president and matron.
Floyd and Catherine are now serving as the ward mission leaders in the Bountiful Hills Ward, Bountiful Utah Central Stake. But there’s still plenty of room on that map for more pins!—Elizabeth Friend, Garden Grove, California